Videos of Southeast Asia
That’s the word I use when people ask me, “How was your trip to Southeast Asia?”
Nine months have passed since my return to North America, yet I still think about that mystical, far away place every day. I often catch myself day dreaming about my adventures, the friends I made, and the surprising — sometimes bizarre — things I saw.
From the poverty I witnessed in water-deprived villages in Malaysia, to Khmer Rouge survivors in Cambodia, and mysterious tattoo artists of Phi Phi Island in Thailand, there was a lot to take in during my six-week trip.
And not all my memories are happy ones, like my days spent at places like the Killing Fields in Cambodia, but they gave me an appreciation for what I know, and all the things I’ve been blessed with in North America. For this reason, much of my blog ran with a social justice theme. When I started Sleepless in Singapore I didn’t really know what to expect, but for the most part, I’m pleased with the end result. This blog put me in situations I maybe wouldn’t have investigated, if not for my own curiosity. And I’m grateful for that.
So for this post, I decided to take a step back, let my hair down a bit, and just compile a fun montage of my trip that’s a little more personalized and less serious than previous content on Sleepless in Singapore — of footage I never thought would ever see the light of day.
You’ll see Singapore’s eclectic architecture (see above photos for a better look), a crocodile eating a duck, a moonlit beach party on Phi Phi Island, a back alley wedding in Phnom Penh, a snippet of Angkor Wat, Apsara dancers on Pub Street in Siem Reap, a conversation about Thai currency from the backseat of a shady taxi in Indonesia, other shenanigans, and of course I couldn’t resist throwing in a clip of yours truly firing a rocket launcher
It’s not perfect; there are shaky cameras, questionable frames, and a loose narrative structure, but hey, this was for kicks — and likely filmed from the back of a yuk yuk traveling at excessive speeds down a bumpy back alley to a hot, sweaty Bangkok night.
Keep an eye out for an upcoming feature series on Sleepless in Singapore that takes a look at Southeast Asian culture in North America, and more particularly New York City. “Cambodians in New York,” is a four-part multimedia series that will unearth a handful of dynamic stories on the Cambodian community in the Bronx. What happens when Sleepless in Singapore & the City that Never Sleeps collide? Stay tuned to find out.
Connect with Dorian Geiger, editor of Sleepless in Singapore.